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We have all heard by now, that there is an El-nino coming. If you hadn’t, well, now you have. I am not going to get into the details of the what and the how El Nino rains come about, because I honestly know very little about that, it actually just fits in one sentence; It is going to rain a whole lot, every time, all the time.

When it gets cold, it is inevitable sometimes to come down with the flu. It can be avoided, by keeping warm and staying away from sweet foods and drinks, but you certainly cannot ask your spouse or child to stay away from you when they have the flu. Chances are they will spread it on to you whether you like it or not, hence the use of the word inevitable.

Not to worry though, in case you contract it and cannot get professional medical assistance, either because of the flooded roads then, or just because of that phobia for hospitals and medicine you have. Here are very 5 very easy and cost effective do-it-yourself remedies for colds and flu.

Lemon+Ginger
This combo, is informally known as the wonder-working combo. Cut the lemon into tiny pieces and do the same for the ginger. Then add on hot water and drink. The mixture will clear flu just as fast as it comes.

Honey
Is there anything honey cannot solve really? You can opt to take spoonfuls of raw honey or mix it with the combo above. It clears the throat super-fast, just as it does the flu.

Ginger Tea
This is my personal favourite. It not only helps with the flu, it also stimulates your mouth with all sorts of exciting flavours. Put crushed ginger in a cup before you pour tea in it. A very important thing to note here however, is that you ought to be careful not to put too much sugar in the tea. I would recommend half your usual amount of sugar, for effective results. Otherwise, it would be like trying to save a dying horse with poison.

Garlic
Again, this can be used with any of the remedies above, or just chewed on raw. Garlic has many nutrients that boost the immune system and therefore can be used both for preventive and corrective purposes. Use it as a spice in food if the taste of it raw is too strong for you. It still gives almost the same results.

Turmeric
Like garlic, turmeric also contains compounds with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It can be used as a spice in food or added to warm milk to help fight the flu. Caution should be taken not to use it in excess because this may result into stomach upsets, diarrhoea, nausea and dizziness. It is also a no-no for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.

Remember, that you should see a doctor, phobia or not, preference or not, if the cold persists. Stay safe.

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